Website Compliance / Accessibility
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What Is Web Accessibility?
From a broad perspective, an accessible website is one that is readily available and comprehensible to any user regardless of their device, situation, or ability. Web accessibility encompasses any tool or technology used to access the internet and digital products.
Although internet technology was designed to remove many barriers and obstacles to communicating and interacting with the world, certain issues can get in the way of this ideal. For example, people with disabilities such as blindness or hearing loss can have some trouble interacting with a site if there aren’t adequate enhancements built-in.
Like everyone else, these people have a basic right to interact with and contribute to the web, as well as to perceive information through a variety of digital devices. Therefore, accessibility is considered an essential part of any site or application.
It is important to note that accessibility can benefit even those without disabilities. For example, older people tend to have difficulty reading small fonts. You may also have users with small screens, slow internet connections, or ‘temporary disabilities’ such as lost glasses. You’ll also need to account for ‘situational limitations’ like a noisy environment.
So How Are We Addressing This Issue?
The creator of this website is working on the installation of the RECITEME tool, which will enable our readers to interact with this website as they would expect to and this should be completed by next week.
In the interim, we are looking at other options to provide accessibility and we are testing a software solution called EQUALWEB. This is in the experiment stage and we would like to hear your feedback if there is any issues with this service.